New Supercapacitor and Battery Concepts for Large-Scale Energy Storage
Closing Date: 24 April 2020
This PhD project focusses on research into new electrochemical energy storage concepts. In specific, we will use a new type of electrolyte to achieve high storage capacity using simple, low-cost redox species, for example sodium or magnesium.
The only way to prevent further global warming or even catastrophic warming is to stop burning fossil fuels. This means that we have to implement a circular (renewable) energy economy as quickly as possible. It is a common misconception that generating renewable energy is our biggest problem. According to the latest report of Bloomberg NEF, wind and solar energy are already the cheapest forms of energy in more than two-thirds of the world (https://about.bnef.com/new-energy-outlook/). The problem is not that we cannot generate renewable energy cheap enough, the problem is to implement it. Almost all renewable energy vectors are intermittent and not available on demand. The main challenge in implementing a circular energy economy is matching supply and demand. The only way to do this is to integrate energy storage into our electricity grids: we need to store excess renewable energy when it is available in order to meet the demand in times of need. This PhD project focusses on research into new electrochemical energy storage concepts. In specific, we will use a new type of electrolyte to achieve high storage capacity using simple, low-cost redox species, for example sodium or magnesium. The successful candidate will work at the boundary of electrochemistry, nanomaterials science, and supercapacitor/battery technology. They will learn to use a whole range of analytical instruments including electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy methods, as well as electrochemical techniques. There will also be opportunities to engage with industry and entrepreneurial projects. The preferred candidate will have a background in Chemistry and/or Physics.
PhD Scholarship details
Funding: $28,092 per annum (2020 rate) indexed annually. For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.
Supervisor: Thomas Nann
Available to: Domestic and International students
Please refer to the admission eligibility criteria.
Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.
Please send the email expressing interest to Thomas.Nann@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 24 April 2020.
Applications Close 24 April 2020
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